Alpinist
LICHTLAERM


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
October 26th, 2010 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A wonderfully solid sophomore effort from a band worth keeping an eye on...

These past few years have seen an incredible amount of quality hardcore releases. Not only have some great albums been produced, but great bands are popping up left and right, redefining and refining the genre itself . It’s easy to revel in the new found inspiration that the genre has found, as some outstanding material has been created, much of which comes from all corners of the Earth. From the United States to Japan, things have been great for fans of the genre. Bands such as Defeater and More Than Life may be young, but their veracity and passion have earned them critical acclaim, and a constantly growing fanbases. Well it’s time to add another band to that list, because Alpinist’s sophomore effort proves that they’re a force to be reckoned with.

It’s easy to ride Alpinist off as a novelty. Truly it is, as the band hasn't really made any waves in the states. Being fairly young, and originating from Germany, Alpinist haven't truly grabbed the attention of many. Their oppressive sound combined with an angry aesthetic doesn’t exactly do much in the way of creating anything revolutionary, which hasn't helped their odds of breaking out. With "Lichtlarem" being their sophomore effort, the band has a lot prove.

That being said, “Lichtlaerm” is stunningly solid. Surprisingly so, considering the general inexperienced nature of the band. It’s frenetic nature somehow feels as if it’s been polished to a sheen, and everything seems incredibly well organized and well thought out. Its crusty aesthetic creates an all around dense atmosphere, which adds a little bit of character to an otherwise chaotic and unruly album. This is where the album truly shines, in its brazen yet wonderfully refined and tightened sound. Because of this, “Lichtlaerm” is heavy but perfectly contained, offering up a bevy of dense and crushing instrumentals , complimented by some rather intense and passionate screams.


Along with the wonderfully solid sound, the production is also pretty fantastic, which helps bolster the whole affair down. While not perfect, the crude nature of the sound adds a lot to the album's feel, piling up even more character to “Lichtlaerm.” The drums are crystal clear in their tenacious crashing, and the guitars are tuned to a fine degree of heaviness and cleanliness. Everything works and sounds as it should, and the product is excellent because of it. And while a little on the grating side, the album sports some pretty decent vocals. It’s obvious they guy is putting a lot behind them, and the exuberance shines clear through something, that by all rights, should sound fairly obnoxious. Regardless, his raw emotion gives the album a certain genuine feeling, which helps the album feel a little more personal.

This unabashed emotion resonates throughout the work's entirety, making nearly every song stand out to some extent. And while it may take a few listens to appreciate, “Lichtlaerm” offers an impressive and diverse track list. There’s loads of variety throughout, making everything incredibly interesting and fresh. Aside from a few homogeneous portions of rather bland selections, the album makes very few missteps. “Licht” and “Yarncarrier And Break” offer more instrumental songs, with a heavier emphasis on mood and atmosphere, while showcasing the band's more subtle songwriting abilities. After all, Alpinist are more than a group of angry young men making angry sounding music. Rather, these tracks highlight the more creative aspects of the band's sound. Situated in the middle, the two tracks anchor the album down with a fine transition change, that is before the chaos re-ensues. ”Deliberate” is an excellent opener, as it starts off very menacing, but quickly leads into a brash and rapid combination of riffs and cymbal crashes. Chaotic and brash, the track is a great intro. “Neverest” boasts the albums most fierce and interesting track. Featuring some great guitar work and vocal interplay, the track is tremendously solid, and an all around standout. The mid-section boast a wonderful guitar piece, which truly makes its presence known in respect to the surrounding maelstrom.

With “Lichtlaerm,” Alpinist are out to show the world that they’ve got something to prove, and prove it they do. With incredibly intense and vivacious material accentuating their crusty-hardcore aesthetic, Alpinist demand to be on your radar.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 26th 2010


10618 Comments


Oh look, Xenophanes thinks he likes hardcore....

A quick write up of a truly badass album. Review 45!

cvlts
October 26th 2010


8976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 26th 2010


10618 Comments


true

SeaAnemone
October 26th 2010


20824 Comments


how does this compare to Minus.Mensch?

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2010


7318 Comments


To be honest Xenophanes, this isn't your best review. That said it's still pretty good.

I'm not sure why I just didn't "feel" this one...my guess is that it reads like its a bit...forced and rather contrived. I think my certainty that you could have done much better also doesn't help haha. Still, always interesting to hear from you.

Digging: Portishead - Dummy

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 27th 2010


10618 Comments


"To be honest Xenophanes, this isn't your best review. That said it's still pretty good.

I'm not sure why I just didn't "feel" this one...my guess is that it reads like its a bit...forced and rather contrived."

Yeah I completely agree. I think I didn't give it enough time. I only got the album a few days ago, and I was bored at work so this kind of happened lol. I appreciate the helpful criticism though, thank you.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 27th 2010


10618 Comments


"how does this compare to Minus.Mensch?"

A bit better, but not incredibly different. I prefer this to their first.



marksellsuswallets
October 27th 2010


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I toyed with doing a review for this but just haven't got around to it yet...probably won't. It just feels like a slightly tweaked continuation of their debut (which ruled so that's not really a bad thing).

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2010


7318 Comments


You're most welcome.

Also, I wish I could pump out reviews like you can lol. What do you manage - four a week, or something? Which (by my standards especially) is damn impressive.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 27th 2010


10618 Comments


I re-worked a lot of this review just now. I hope it flows a little better. This reviewing thing is a learning process, as I've learned a valuable lesson in looking over my reviews more carefully.

Thanks Irving, I appreciate it.

"It just feels like a slightly tweaked continuation of their debut (which ruled so that's not really a bad thing)."

^this


Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2010


7318 Comments


No problem. Glad to be of any assistance =)

Also, I re-read the review. It definitely moves better now, and feels significantly more directed and focused - the third, fourth, and fifth paragraphs work a lot better together, that's for sure. That's seriously some solid editing right there!

Guess I'll have no problems at all pos-ing it now =)

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 27th 2010


10618 Comments


Thanks, but it doesn't really deserve a pos, it was in dire need of re-working. But thank you though.

liledman
October 27th 2010


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah the only thing i dont like about this album is the fact that its basically the same stuff as minus.mensch, but i enjoyed that album so its not too much of a bad thing anyway.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 27th 2010


10618 Comments


I got this from your blog bro

liledman
October 27th 2010


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good

i dig these guys a fair bit, ordered the lp as soon as i heard of the new release

paravoid
October 27th 2010


4 Comments


moving, emotional, chaotic... really enjoying this one as of late.

HighandDriving
October 27th 2010


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A bit disappointing considering how amazing their debut and demo are.

alachlahol
October 27th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Minus.Mensch is still a superior piece of work though this is very good. angry german crust

alachlahol
October 27th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and did you read this review over before submitting it? shitloads of redundancy

Xplisit
October 27th 2010


1646 Comments


Still prefer Minus.Mensch as of now, but this is good.

Btw, you mention "the vocalist" but theres more than one



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